Our grandmothers used to say that things took time and life wasn't all about passing fads. Tell it to Tokyoites and they'll laugh you in the face, or at least give you a baffled look. Here, reinvention is a lifestyle, and discovering of one's own identity is not about finding the optimal balance within oneself, but experimenting with novelty in order to go with the flow. Here a super trendy gadget may well be out of fashion when you wake up the next day, streets ooze with spitting images of anime heroines, the facades of the cutting-edge architectural achievement dazzle like the sun, and the supersonic pursuit of the newer, the better, and the more shocking seems to assume almost maniacal proportions. Sure there are Shintō shrines, tea gardens and public baths, but they've largely been swamped with state-of-the-art bars, epicurean club culture that will set your nocturnal instincts ablaze, and world-class venues to both follow the overnight changes in fashion and tickle your taste buds.